Bird Flu Still Decimating Poultry Flocks in Nigeria

NIGERIA - There have been a considerable number of new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in central Nigeria recently.
calendar icon 10 February 2016
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Fifteen new outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of the disease occurred at the end of January.

Nine of these were in the Plateau region, five were in Kano, and one occurred in the Federal capital territory.

Six of the outbreaks, discovered on 26 January, occurred very close together in Plateau region

The authorities suggested that poor farm biosecurity might be to blame for the spread of the disease.

In total, over 230,000 birds were destroyed to try and prevent this disease spreading. A further 2000 died from the disease.

These birds died in these fifteen outbreaks alone, but avian flu has been decimating poultry producers in the country for some time now.

The remaining nine outbreaks were found on 27 January, and were spread over a wider area

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